Why researchers say-“quit smoking gradually!”

Quit smoking slowly rather than “cold turkey”:

A new Danish study says that one should quit smoking slowly rather then suddenly or “cold turkey” as it can have a seriously unpleasant reaction in the brain and lead to immediate reactions. Many eminent researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered that post 12 hours of kicking the habit, the uptake of oxygen as well as the flow in the smoke mongers’ brain decreases by 17% in comparison to the people who do not.

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They also have said that the initial few weeks after they quit smoking are the real dicey ones. They are the most difficult. Generally it takes about 8-12 weeks at the least before a person gets comfortable with their new lifestyle devoid of any smoking. Withdrawal from nicotine addiction is mainly characterized by symptoms such as nausea, headaches, anxiety and cravings for tobacco. The nicotine which is an addictive drug found inside the tobacco generates a chemical dependency making the body need certain proportions of nicotine all the time.

Prof Albert Gjedde an eminent personality says that most regular smokers experience a dementia like condition in their initial hours after they quit smoking.  Gjedde also says that such unpleasant experiences might explain the reason why it is so difficult for these smoke mongers to quit smoking and why the efforts of kicking the habit are so un-successful. These smoke cravers fall back to abuse not because they want to attain a pleasant effect but simply because the after effects of smoking are simply un-bearable for them.

Many researchers hold the view that it is very difficult to analyze the length of time needed for a former smoker’s brain to return back to its normal state. Gjedde says that for the brain to fall back to its normal blood flow and oxygen levels could take weeks or even months, but that too is not a certainty. That is why these new findings indicate that I won’t be such a bad idea to quit smoking gradually. With this they can simply avoid the after smoking withdrawal symptoms which in turn make it extremely difficult to stick to the sensible decision of quit smoking.

Things which take place:

A recent study was published in the Journal of Cerebral Flow and Metabolism which suggested that what actually happens after one says “I Quit Smoking?” Read below to know exactly what takes place.

  • After the first 20 minutes the heart rate drops and the levels of blood pressure falls back to the levels nearby the last smoke.
  • After one hour the circulation improves and hands and feet start to tingle.
  • After 8 hours of smoking one’s carbon monoxide level may drop and the oxygen levels in the blood return back to its normal state. Also the nicotine in the bloodstream drops down by 93.75%
  • 24 hours from the last smoke assists in clearing out the excess mucus and smoke debris. Also cough and sore throat issues can also occur as the new and improved lung tissues start to grow.
  • 48 hours from the last smoke could lead to worst withdrawal symptoms. One could also be light-headed. But the senses and taste improve and the possibility of getting heart attacks also decreases considerably.
  • Not smoking for three days could lead to increase in the stamina, energy levels, easy breathing etc. meaning the body is now is completely nicotine free. But along with that the nicotine episodes will also increase considerably.
  • After 10 days the desire for nicotine drops to two per day and stand for not more than 3 minutes each. By the second week, cravings may get heightened and one may start to feel depressed and irritable.
  • 1-3 months of not smoking will make the symptoms stop and the breathing and energy levels will also improve. The lung re-generation may kick start and the appetite will also increase.
  • One full year of not smoking may drop down the risk of heart disease by about 50 %.
  • 5 years down the line the risk of having a heart attack is similar to someone who does not smoke.
  • After 10 years the chances of dying from cancer decreases by 50-70%. Also chances of cancer diseases of the kidney, mouth, pancreas etc. also decreases.
  • After 15 years the chances of having a stoke is of similar proportions to someone who does not indulge in smoke.
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